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The NFPA 701 Tests for Flame Retardant Curtain Fabric


When you want a fire-resistant drapery or upholstery fa […]

When you want a fire-resistant drapery or upholstery fabric, you should look for fabrics that have been tested and certified to be flame-retardant. This type of fabric is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures that are perfect for residential and commercial use. These FR fabrics are offered online by the yard at discount prices with samples also being available for testing purposes.

The NFPA 701 Tests for Flame Retardant Curtain Fabric
When looking for a flame-retardant drapery fabric, you should make sure that it has been tested and certified by the NFPA 701 standards for flame resistance. This certification means that it has passed a burning strength, char length, and flaming residue test to determine its level of fire safety.

During the tests, a small sample of fabric is burned to determine the amount of burning and char left in the textile. The NFPA 701 standard is one of the most common and widely used in the industry to ensure that fabrics are compliant with fire safety codes.

The FR certification process can be tricky and it can be difficult to tell whether a particular fabric is actually flame resistant or not. Some fabrics are inherently flame resistant, while others have been chemically treated to enhance their flame-retardant properties.

A fabric that is inherently fire-resistant (IFR) has been woven from fibers that are naturally non-combustible and the flame-retardant properties are built into the fiber itself. The flame-retardant properties of these materials last for the life of the product and do not dissipate after repeated washing or dry cleaning.

Most natural cotton and other FR fabrics are topically treated with a chemical fire retardant after the fibers are woven to add to the fabric's flame-retardancy property. This treatment is topical and the FR chemicals will wear out in time and be subject to re-testing or retreatment to meet the fire safety codes.

Some synthetic fabrics have been formulated with non-water soluble chemicals that bind into the fibers for flame retardancy properties. These fabrics have a chemical-resistant core that remains unchanged after numerous items of washing, provided the laundering instructions are followed.

Choosing a Chemically Treated Flame Retardant Drapery Fabric
The most common and popular method of applying a flame-retardant coating to a textile is to dip it into a chemical solution. The chemicals activate when there is a buildup of heat and act as a shield against flames, slowing down the rate at which the fabric burns.

This technique can be applied to fabrics that are derived from natural sources, but the most common fabric for use in the fire-retardant application is polypropylene, which is a durable fiber that is able to resist fire damage for a long time. This patented fabric is often used in hospitals, where it is important that patients are kept as safe as possible while they are being treated and that the environment isn't a fire hazard for staff and guests.

These fabrics can be sprayed on or even added to other textiles, such as velours and quilted surfaces, for enhanced fire-retardant properties. They are also excellent for making bedding and sofas for children's rooms.

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Property : Inherent flame retardant


Style :  Plain weave

Design Color :Color Can be customized

Using Scope:Used in interior decoration, hotels and public places

FR Standard:NFPA701,BS5867,DIN4102B1,NFP92-503M1

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